LIMA — Opportunities to clean up the environment in honor of Earth Day dot the social calendar this week.
For a quarter-century, one of the biggest cleaning efforts has been the annual Ottawa River Cleanup. Organizers hope to top 500 volunteers this year and set a new record.
There is a new location, though. People are to line up their vehicles at the City of Lima Department Building, 900 S. Collett St., Lima.
People can preregister at lacnip.org/registration, which guarantees a free T-shirt, lunch and supplies to clean along the river. On Saturday, people will stay in their cars and receive their assignments where they will work. You can show up the day of the event and register to help, but the process will move smoother if people preregister. People shouldn’t arrive prior to 8:30 a.m.
Last year’s event was a big success despite being moved from April to September due to coronavirus concerns.
• The Ottawa Greenspace Development Committee will hold a clean-up event at Arrowhead Park from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday. The clean-up will include brush removal, small tree removal, raking/gathering sticks, trash pick up and hauling waste to the village brush pile. People who plan on participating are asked to reply with a time they can volunteer and what tools they plan to bring by contacting Tim Macke at 419-969-0211 or emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Lima Mall will host a children’s gardening event from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the mall. The KidX Garden is located on the west side of JCPenney, behind Firestone. Kids are invited to plant flowers for Earth Day. Participants can also take home pinwheels and seed packets to start their own gardens. There is no cost to attend. Registration is available online at j.mp/32jGjKg.
• Earth Awareness Clean Up Day and Drum Circle is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Faurot Street Pavilion, at the corner of Cole Street and Lakewood Avenue in Lima. Once you’re done cleaning up litter in your community, you can visit with your drums, shakers, buckets and your own picnic items. The event’s sponsored by Earth Day Awareness Lima.